Valley in Brief: Avon to dedicate trail system Saturday |

Valley in Brief: Avon to dedicate trail system Saturday

AVON — The town of Avon will commemorate the new trail system in the West Avon Preserve by holding a dedication ceremony on Saturday. This event will not only serve as the official opening of the trails but will also commemorate the hard work that went into the new trail system and show appreciation for everyone who was involved in the process.

“Many Avon residents have been immensely excited about the new multi-use trail system, which the Town Council approved back in May. This event will be a great way for everyone to enjoy what many have worked so hard to achieve throughout the summer,” said Mayor Rich Carroll.

The dedication ceremony will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Playground Way Trailhead at the O’Neil Spur Pocket Park in Wildridge. The public is encouraged to bike or walk to the event, as there will be a bike ride and hike following the conclusion of the ceremony. Parking at O’Neil Spur Park will be available. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Preston Neill at 970-748-4404.


County, Avon offices closed Monday

County offices, including the Avon and El Jebel satellite offices, will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day. The landfill and related facilities will be open regular hours, and ECO Transit buses will provide regular service.

The Sheriff’s Office telephone number is 970-328-8500 for non-emergencies, and the Road and Bridge Department will be on call at 970-479-2200.

Town of Avon Municipal offices will also be closed on Monday. Regular office hours resume on Tuesday.

The Avon Recreation Center will be open for its normal business hours, which are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Transit services will operate uninterrupted.


College searching for two VPs

Colorado Mountain College is conducting a national search for two vice presidents to replace three senior leaders who retired earlier this year.

One vice president and campus administrator will serve the college’s campus in Eagle County. This position oversees the college’s community campus in Edwards, which is one of CMC’s largest.

The other position, the newly created position of regional vice president-western region will oversee and coordinate all campus operations from Rifle to Aspen. Within this corridor, there are five learning locations: Rifle, Aspen, Glenwood Springs (the Glenwood Center), Carbondale (the Lappala Center) and a residential campus in Spring Valley.

Rifle, Aspen and the Roaring Fork campus (which consists of Glenwood, Carbondale and Spring Valley) each have a campus dean to oversee daily operations, student and academic affairs and community relations.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit


Pile burning in Vail planned for coming months as conditions permit

Crews from Vail Fire and Emergency Services will conduct pile burn operations over the next few months as conditions permit. These burns will take place near the East Vail water tank, Greenhill Court area in the Glen Lyon neighborhood as well as the Buffehr Creek area.

This pile burning project will reduce hazardous fuels conditions on town-owned land and decrease wildfire hazards to the adjacent community. Pile burning is dependent on environmental conditions that allow smoke to rise and disperse rather than settling onto the highway and into residential areas. In most cases, burning will only occur when there is adequate snow cover to minimize risks. Smoke and flames may be visible from various points along Interstate 70, and some smoke may settle into lower elevations in the evening hours.

Anyone who has health problems that may be aggravated by smoke should notify Paul Cada, of Vail Fire and Emergency Services, at 970-477-3475.


Author tour of CMC campuses nears

Students and community members are invited to hear Tom Montgomery Fate, author of “Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild,” during free public readings at seven Colorado Mountain College campuses this month.

Fate’s memoir could be described as a tribute to one of America’s most esteemed literary icons, Henry David Thoreau, and his writing seeks to provide a contemporary context for Thoreau’s timeless ponderings on the natural environment and our place in it. The book chronicles Fate’s experiences splitting time between his suburban Chicago home and a rustic cabin in the Michigan woods.

Copies of the book are available at local libraries and bookstores. The college is also sponsoring an art and creative writing contest, with cash prizes for six winners. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 23.

Fate will visit seven CMC locations – Rifle (Oct. 20), Aspen and Spring Valley (Oct. 21), Leadville (Oct. 22), Breckenridge (Oct. 23), Steamboat Springs (Oct. 24) and Edwards (Oct. 25). All talks and book signings are at 7 p.m., except for Aspen’s event, which is at 10 a.m.

For more information, go to or call 800-621-8559.

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